Israelis Sela and Srugo take Doubles Title

Sela and Srugo winning doubles team

The Israeli doubles team of Dudi Sela and Harel Srugo defeated Adrien Bossel (SUI) and Michael McClune (USA) 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 to capture the doubles title.

McClune and Bossel had a sluggish start, with each dropping serve in the first set to give the Israeli team a 4-0 advantage. There were no additional service breaks, giving the Sela/Srugo team the first set 6-2.

Binghamton Challenger Doubles Final match

The second set feature a single service break, with Harel Srugo serving at 3-2, the McClune/Bossel team broke through to take a 4-2 lead, and eventually the set.

In doubles play, a 10 point tiebreak is played in lieu of a full set. In the tiebreak, Sela/Srugo jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but McClune/Bossel battled back to a 6-6 tie. Eventually the Israelis won what turned out to be a thrilling tiebreaker 10-8, to capture the title.

Handshakes at the net

Sela, 27, has been on the Israeli Davis Cup team since 2005, being used strictly as a singles player, and has accumulated an overall record of 16-12.player. He was the top seeded singles player at the LG&T this year, losing his first round match to American Rhyne Williams.

Srugo, 30, is a former UCLA Bruin, and was selected First Team All PAC 10 in 2008 as the number 1 UCLA singles player and team captain. He is currently the Assistant Academy Director at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York.

Adrien Bossel and Michael McClune 2012 Doubles runners up

Bossel and McClune, were teamed up together for the first time. They played each other in a singles quarterfinal match, with Bossel coming out on top 7-6(4), 6-3.

McClune, 22, is improving his ranking after recovering from a hip injury in 2010. In 2007, he won the USTA 18’s singles title to win a wild card berth into the US Open main draw. This year he reached the finals in 3 Futures events, last year he reached the final in 1 Challenger event. His current ATP ranking is 362.

Bossel, 25, currently ranked 393 in the world, won 2 Futures events and was a finalist in a third in 2011.

Summary of Finals play